Roger SterlingPlayed by John Slattery


Roger wasn’t just born with a silver spoon in his mouth – he was born with his name on an advertising agency. Although his inheritance and charm allows him an easygoing lifestyle, Roger discovers ambition. He helps found the new SCDP agency to have a place with his own name – rather than his father’s – and fights to regain control of his agency after the merger with CGC. After two divorces, Roger seeks enlightenment by embracing the relaxed sexual norms and mind-expanding drug culture of the ‘60s, but he feels like a failure when his daughter abandons her own child to live on a commune. Roger tries to correct his mistakes with both his grandson and the son he shares with Joan. When Cooper dies, Roger brokers a deal with McCann Erickson to ensure his place as president of the agency, but perhaps more importantly, to allow him to continue working with the people he values.

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Roger Sterling Quotes

“Look, we’ve got oysters Rockefeller! Beef Wellington! Napoleons! We leave this lunch alone, it’ll take over Europe.”
Season 1, Episode 6: “Babylon”
“I guess what I’m saying is at some point we’ve all parked in the wrong garage.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“When a man gets to a point in his life when his name’s on the building, he can get an unnatural sense of entitlement.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“You know what my father used to say? ‘Being with a client is like being in a marriage. Sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons, and eventually they hit you in the face.”
Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”
“When God closes a door, he opens a dress.”
Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”
“I shall be both dog and pony.”
Season 1, Episode 11: “Indian Summer”
“Look, I want to tell you something because you’re very dear to me, and I hope you understand it comes from the bottom of my damaged, damaged heart: you are the finest piece of ass I ever had, and I don’t care who knows it. I am so glad I got to roam those hillsides.”
Season 1, Episode 11: “Indian Summer”
“Can I just fire everyone?”
Season 2, Episode 2: “Flight 1″
“Don’t you love the chase? Sometimes it doesn’t work out; those are the stakes. But when it does work out, it’s like having that first cigarette: your head gets all dizzy, your heart pounds, your knees go weak. Remember that? Old business is just old business.”
Season 2, Episode 4: “Three Sundays”
“I’ll tell you the same thing I told my daughter: if you put a penny in a jar every time you make love in the first year of marriage, and then you take a penny out of the jar every time you make love in the second year, you know what you have? A jar full of pennies.”
Season 2, Episode 5: “The New Girl”
“Do you want to be right, or do you want to be married?”
Season 2, Episode 9: “Six-Month Leave”
“It’s easy adjusting to happiness.”
Season 3, Episode 3: “My Old Kentucky Home”
“This is the office and that’s life, and this is good and that’s life.”
Season 4, Episode 2: “Christmas Comes But Once a Year”
“Have a drink. It’ll make me look younger.”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“They won’t know it’s over until you drop the big one. Twice.”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“Since when is forgiveness a better quality than loyalty?”
Season 4, Episode 5: “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
“Garcon! Je m’appelle Rojaire. Je suis un taxi, s’il vous plait!”
Season 4, Episode 6: “Waldorf Stories”
“We can solve this problem with a flask.”
Season 4, Episode 7: “The Suitcase”
“I’m going to go to my favorite restaurant and have a glass of cyanide, or you could join me.”
Season 4, Episode 9: “The Beautiful Girls”
“I could tell I was rubbing you the wrong way so I thought, why not have someone rub you the right way?”
Season 4, Episode 9: “The Beautiful Girls”
“I’ve got to go learn a bunch of people’s names before I fire them.”
Season 4, Episode 12: “Blowing Smoke”